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Hogs' Johnson voted most underrated

We asked the fans Tuesday in our SportsNation poll to tell us who in the SEC has been the most underrated player this season.

With nearly 11,000 votes cast, the clear winner is Arkansas running back/kickoff returner Dennis Johnson, who's been one of the league's best stories with the way he's recovered from injuries and been a force for the Hogs this season.

Johnson received 37 percent of the vote, and Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo was second with 28 percent of the vote. South Carolina's Antonio Allen was third with 19 percent.

I continue to be amazed at how little love Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan receives. He's on his way to leading the SEC in tackles for the second straight season and was dead last among the five candidates listed with 7 percent of the vote.

That tells me that he truly is underrated.

The same goes for Vanderbilt defensive end Tim Fugger, who's had an All-SEC type season -- and outside of the Vanderbilt program -- has done so with very little fanfare. He received just 9 percent of the vote.

There were some other good suggestions, too, and the reality is that there are a lot of players in this league who are underrated.

Some of the others mentioned most frequently were Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin, Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, Alabama receiver Marquis Maze and Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.

They weren't the only ones, either.

How about Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, LSU safety Eric Reid, LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo, Alabama cornerback DeQuan Menzie, Florida safety Matt Elam, Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy, Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas and LSU guard/center T-Bob Hebert?